Today is a national holiday … Veterans Day in the United States, Remembrance Day in Canada. Veterans Day is to celebrate the service of all U-S military veterans. Memorial Day is for remembering the men and women who died while serving.
In 1954, U-S Representative Ed Rees of Emporia, Kansas presented a bill to establish the national holiday, to replace Armistice Day. Another Kansan – President Dwight Eisenhower – signed the bill into law.
It’s a day to remember my father, who served in the Army Air Corps during World War II, spending most of his time in Alaska. My late father-in-law served in the Navy in the South Pacific. My late brother Don was awarded a Bronze Star for his service with the Air Force in Southeast Asia. My son Scott is just a few years from retirement from the Air Force.
Most American families include veterans. This is a good day to think about their service and what it means to each of us.
Our thought for today is from George C. Marshall:
“Military power wins battles, but spiritual power wins wars.”